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Patient Testimonials
  • Melinda S.
    4 years ago
    You guys are awesome and have really helped mom build her confidence and become stronger. I've tried for the past year to get her into physical therapy and she just didn't have faith in it. Until she had no choice but to go lol. I can't thank you all enough for what you are doing for her and for others. Your company is amazing!!!! Janice Shautz
  • Melinda S.
    3 years ago
    Opioids No Longer Recommended for Chronic Pain The CDC recently released recommendations to decrease use of opioids for chronic pain noting the benefits people gain may not be worth the risks involved. They recommend people try non-opioid medications and other treatments which may be of similar benefits and in some cases may even work better. Opioids are a class of prescription pain pills including hydrocodone (Vciodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin), Oxymorphone (Opana), Methadone and Fantanyl. They are often the treatment provided for chronic pain and approximately 259 million opioid prescriptions were written in the US in 2012. This accounts for 80% of the worldwide use despite only having 5% of the world’s population. The problem with this is there are some very serious risks with opioid usage including addiction and death. It is estimated 20% of people taking opioids long term are addicted and between 1999 and 2014, 165,000 people died from overdoses. Also long term use may lead to increased tolerance and sensitivity to pain meaning you have to take higher doses to have the same effect. If opioids were the only way you could manage pain, the risks may be worth it but there are other treatments that may have similar benefits with much less risk. According to the CDC some of these options “may actually work better.” This includes non-opioid medications and non medication based treatments. Medications are not my specialty so to learn more on these options, please talk to your physician. According to the CDC : “nonpharmacologic therapies, including physical therapy, weight loss for knee osteoarthritis, psychological therapies such as CBT, and certain interventional procedures can ameliorate chronic pain. There is high-quality evidence that exercise therapy (a prominent modality in physical therapy) for hip or knee osteoarthritis reduces pain and improves function immediately after treatment and that the improvements are sustained for at least 2–6 months.” Physical therapists that treat pain conditions know that pain is a complicated problem. Ultimately the long term solution to managing pain is exercise and restoring movement but that is a difficult task as when you have pain, it’s tough to move. This is where having expertise in pain relieving treatment techniques can make the difference. Techniques such as medical cupping, myofascial release and cold laser can reduce pain levels allowing you to move better and exercise which is key to restoring movement and calming down pain signals. FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center of Lake City are experts at pain relief with advanced training in treatment techniques including myofascial release, medical cupping, augmented soft tissue mobilization, and most recently whole body micro-vibration. We utilize techniques not commonly seen in the area and we spell FYZICAL different because we are different. To see the difference we can make in your life, call (386) 755-3164 to schedule an appointment or come in for a free 20 minute Q&A session to see if we may be able to help you. For more information visit our website www.FYZICAL.com/LakeCity.
  • Melinda S.
    4 years ago
    Bladder Issues When I first started PT I was having bladder issues as a result of a large abdominal mass. I was upset and embarrassed due to lack of bladder control. I thought this was how the rest of my life would be and I am way too young for this, was my thought. Since doing PT for my bladder I am so much better. No more issues with control or leakage. Who knew there was PT for the problem! I am so happy with my results and I would recommend it for anyone that is having bladder issues!
  • Teena P.
    4 years ago
    My shoulders hurt so bad it was like I was being forced to carry 100lbs overhead all day. I hate pain medication, but started taking it just to get by. I went to these folks, and was shown that my shoulder pain was from bad posture I got from sitting at a desk job all day. Some muscles were too tight and some were too weak. Once I understood why poor posture leads to pain, and how to stretch some muscles and strengthen others, its was easy. Three weeks later, I am pain free and know how to avoid this from ever happening again.
  • Melinda S.
    4 years ago
    Rotator Cuff surgery hurts! I've had two knee scopes, and they did not compare to how bad my rotator cuff surgery hurt. It left me with very poor range of motion and significant pai . Now I have full mobility and can ride my motorcycle and trim my hedges without any pain. You told me it wouldn't be easy the first few weeks, but that it would improve quickly after that. You must know a lot about shoulders because you were absolutely correct. I love my life all over again!
  • Derek ..
    3 years ago
    In January of this year, I had three sessions with you to educate me on weight bearing exercises that would avoid knee damage. Just want to let you know that I’m doing them, including the balance & core excercises. I just returned from an overseas trip during which I took short hikes on fairly rough rocky wet trails or crossed very rocky sections of seashore. I felt very steady and did not use a walking stick. Thank you! Barbara Stone
  • Kyle A.
    3 years ago
    Fitness Friday Exercise as Medicine Dr. Rick Douglass, PT National Director of Education Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists Which of these kills more Americans each year? Smoking? Obesity? Diabetes? Low Level of fitness? If you polled the general public you would likely get a fair number of hands raised for each of the above, in reality, the answer is #4, a low level of fitness kills more Americans each year than any of the above. In fact, if you combine the number of Americans killed by smoking, diabetes and obesity, which Dr. Karim Kahn, a Canadian sports physician and editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has termed “smokadiabesity”, they still kill less Americans per year than a low level of fitness. The Problem Physical Inactivity kills 8 times as many people as obesity and 2 times as many people as smoking. The great news is that these deaths are highly preventable. Part of the overall mission of FYZICAL is to create a positive change in healthcare delivery. Physical Therapists play an important role in this mission through education to create a shift in the public mindset from seeking a pill or a medication for every thing that ails you to instead, exercise prescription. The Solution If all inactive persons were to increase their activity level to 150 minutes of physical activity per week, deaths due to low levels of fitness would be reduced by more than 533,000 per year globally! This equates to just 20 to 30 mins of increased physical activity per day. Just think, that leaves you 23 1/2 hours to spend however you like! Incorporating Fitness into your Daily Routine Sitting at your Desk Breathe!- Oxygen equals energy! Sit with your back straight, Inhale deeply, pulling in as much air as you can, using your diaphragm, then exhale, fully but not forcefully, simply let your breath go, repeat, inhales and exhales, 30 to 40 times, at your own pace, on the last round, exhale and then hold that exhale until your body feels the need to breathe, finally, inhale deeply and hold for ten seconds. You are changing your chemistry! Sit, reach and Turn! - Now, Incorporate some movement with that breathing! Sit and Reach with head turns- sit tall, with your right hand, reach up and back as you turn your head to the right and inhale, return your arm and your head to the start position as you exhale, repeat ten times on each side. The tissues in our body thrive on this movement, then tendons, the ligaments, the discs in our spine, they need this movement to live! Spine lengthening!- Now lets work on extending our spines, spreading nutrition to the cartilage in our joints at each level, decompressing those discs that get compressed all day, palms together in front of your chest, take a deep breath in using your diaphragm, expanding your lungs, oxygen is energy! now reach overhead, lengthen your spine by reaching up with your shoulder blades, and exhale, let that breath go, repeat ten times, Now you are fully energized and ready to go back to work, repeat this routine anytime you start to feel groggy or your attention span falters, cue yourself, instead or reaching for your phone, reach for the sky! Other ideas As a passenger in the car/ in the airplane March in place- at the stoplight, bring one knee up to your outstretched hands, push them together, alternate legs, repeat 20 times Thigh squeezes- place two fists, side by side, between your knees, squeeze and release, repeat twenty times Thighs apart- put one hand outside of each thigh, push your hands and thighs together, repeat twenty times Trunk rotations- sitting with your arms across your chest, turn your right elbow in to the seat behind you, repeat twenty times and then repeat on the left Please follow the link below to access our Wink News Fitness Friday segment on this subject! Dr. Rick Douglass a Physical Therapist and the National Director of Education for FYZICAL is here today to along with Dr. Morgan Hinds, PT of the FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center in Bonita Springs share some tips to keep you moving and to improve your overall fitness level. http://www.winknews.com/2016/10/22/fitness-friday-increasing-physical-activity/
  • Jefferson V.
    3 years ago
    FYZICAL Healthy Lifestyles- Hearing loss and dementia The population of people with both hearing loss and cognitive decline is large and growing. Problems with communication are one of the earliest signs of dementia. Doctor Jessica Vilendrer, audiologist, and Dr. Virginia Reed, Physical therapist, from the FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center in Fort Myers share this blog post concerning correlation between hearing loss and memory loss. See Dr. Reed and Dr. Vilendrer present this information during the Fitness Friday segment on WINK News! http://www.winknews.com/2016/11/18/hearing-loss-and-dementia/ Hearing loss is the 3rd most common chronic health condition in older adults, and it affects 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 65. In 2016, 5.4 million Americans had the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to continue to grow. A study from Johns Hopkins found that hearing loss increases risk of dementia Mild hearing loss doubled risk Moderate hearing loss tripled risk People with severe hearing loss were 5 times more likely to develop dementia Adults with untreated hearing loss developed cognitive impairment 3.2 years sooner than individuals with normal hearing. Cognitive decline was 30-40% faster in individuals with hearing loss. Cognitive decline is associated with hearing loss, but we cannot say that one causes the other. However, there is evidence that hearing loss does cause changes in the brain. Sensory deprivation, such as hearing loss, cause changes to the structure of the brain. If one, sensory system is working well, such as vision, it will use regions of the brain where there is a deprived sensory system, like in someone with hearing loss. Furthermore, even in early stages of hearing loss brain activity decreases in auditory regions of the brain This decreases working memory and makes it so an individual requires more effort to listen Do hearing aids prevent cognitive decline? Well-fit hearing aids allow people to participate in cognitively-stimulating behaviors Evidence supports that interpersonal and engaging activities are an effective intervention for dementia. Hearing aids allow cognitive and interpersonal stimulation: Hearing aids decrease listening effort in individuals with hearing loss This allows people to feel less exhausted after socializing Which means more energy for additional interactions with family and friends Activity- Test yourself and test your family members, with these simple, cognitive tests. Three word registration: Say “Please listen carefully. I am going to say three words that I want you to repeat back to me now and try to remember. The words are BANANA, SUNSET, CHAIR. Please say them for me now.” If the person is unable to repeat the words after three attempts, move on to Step 2 (clock drawing). Clock drawing: Give the person a paper with a large circle drawn on it. Say: “Next, I want you to draw a clock for me. First, put in all of the numbers where they go.” When that is completed, say: “Now, set the hands to 10 past 11.” You can repeat the directions for this test, but move on to the next part after 3 minutes. Three word recall: Ask the person to recall the three words you stated in Step 1. Say: “What were the three words I asked you to remember?” If your loved one has difficulty with any part of this test, they may have problems with memory or cognitive decline. At FYZICAL our mission is to change the way healthcare is delivered in America. We know that hearing loss is associated with early onset dementia and dementia leads to a significant increase in fall risk. We are here to help. Call us at (386) 755-3164 to discover how you can start to love your life again.

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